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February 12, 2006

Teal talkies: ‘ SAW ’

Filed under: Uncategorized — Teal @ 7:56 am

Regular movie buffs would’ve judged the genre of this movie by the title itself. Yes, it’s supposedly ‘horror’. And judging by the junk that comes out nowadays in the name of ‘horror’ one would think this is one of those arbitrary teen-slashing kind of movie. Right? Wrong.

This is where ‘SAW’ does the googly. I was in the mood for some mindless horror. And my sis had borrowed this DVD from a colleague of hers. So I thought, why not give it a shot. And the movie was quite surprisingly, would say average. Not good. Average. The movie starts with two men chained up in diagonal extremes of a public bathroom near the sewer management of a big city. They are initially clueless about how they came about being chained. One of them is Adam, a young photographer who is callous about his life.

Or quoting the murder, ‘apathetic’. The other is a surgeon, Dr.Lawrence Gordon, played by Cary Elwes [‘the crush’ and ‘robin hood : men in tights’ fame]. He is having a rough time with his wife and is unable to devote time to his family. The movie leads us through a chronological cycle of utterly gruesome murders – which are not technically murders, because the victims killed themselves in the attempt of escaping from the trap set by the sick psychopath. From a guy who bleeds to death after being struck in a web of barbed wire, to a guy who is burnt alive. The best is the account of a girl who has a device locked around her mouth that would permanently rip her jaws apart, if she failed to acquire the key from her ‘dead’ cellmate. The dead cellmate is a guy who has been paralysed by drugs and so is alive when the poor girl tears his stomach and fish through his intestines to retrieve the keys – she survives, though.

Allrighty, that was pretty gross right?? The fundamental element of this movie is grotesque, grotesque and more grotesque. Now for every murder or chain of murders there must be a motive, right? The sicko at work is a guy having a tumor in the frontal lobe of his brain. He picks people ‘who donot appreciate their life and the blessings’. These people aren’t essentially acquaintances. The movie ends in an uncertain note. Where the surgeon has to crawl through the room [after cutting his leg in order to free himself from the leash] and the sicko locks up the public bathroom where the photographer [no no, he is alive, but shot. Not maimed, though…] is left behind.

The ending is left to the audience. Either the surgeon goes out, gets help and saves the photographer. Or, the sicko catches up with the surgeon and kills him before he can get any. Meanwhile … the photographer is eaten alive by the sewer rats???

Ok ok, don’t start puking now. I know this whole thing is kinda gross. And people, for your information, the ‘dead guy’ lying down in the pool of blood between the photographer and the surgeon is the murderer, or should I say, maniac?

Statutory warning:

This article is strictly for the people who have already squandered 2 hours of their precious lives watching this ‘masterpiece’.

Teal’s rating:

* * * / * * * * *



  1. hey..
    i knew u wud hve pulled te same trick as i did..so started readin from te bottom of ur post 😉
    haven wotchd te movie so shall post comments after wotchin it 😀

    Comment by Vivek — February 12, 2006 @ 8:53 am | Reply

  2. Oh yes . I saw SAW. One heck of a crazy movie. I liked it pretty good. Anythin diff 4m the usual defination of a particular genre will definetely interest me.

    If u think was psycho or horrible and gross n all the bad things., u shud watch SAW 2 . Thats a thriller masterpiece !

    Comment by Kk — February 12, 2006 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  3. i first scrolled down to read the warnings..Muhahahaha!!…
    life is too short to learn frm yer own mistakes..:P..

    Comment by rohini — February 12, 2006 @ 12:59 pm | Reply

  4. aamam, suspense pottu udaichudu….. appram kadaisiyaa statuatory warning aa? enna kodumai saravanan ithu??

    but personally i liked the movie for the twist…. as kk has mentioned, u must see Saw 2 also….. tats gud too….

    Comment by kuttichuvaru — February 12, 2006 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

  5. Hey that was a good post tho’ i would want you to see that movie at least once more… Its too good a movie.. and see the ending again.. The maniac says the reason why he lets them live…So no loopholes let off in that movie.. See the sequel too .. saw two is available 🙂

    Comment by Mighty Titan — February 13, 2006 @ 4:35 pm | Reply

  6. i noe the story but neva got a chance to watch[may be ‘coz i don’t wanna watch ;)]

    Comment by archie — February 14, 2006 @ 7:49 am | Reply

  7. Now THIS is one movie worth watching.. I liked SAW-2 better.. Lived up to the expectations of the kinda hype tht was created. Also it was a completely different kind of attempt at making horror movies and hence love it more.

    BTW the surgeon doesnt get help. In fact he doesnt make it. Because had he made it, then in the sequel.. oops I shud not be telling you this.. Watch the sequel. Would rate it higher than this.. And yes, I am almost done with your tag 😀

    Comment by The optimist from utopia — February 14, 2006 @ 9:52 pm | Reply

  8. Even I saw SAW!

    Comment by Nikhil — February 15, 2006 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  9. busy bee back to blogging….

    Comment by Abhishek Khanna — February 15, 2006 @ 2:07 pm | Reply

  10. hii teal 🙂
    i sure luvd the movie howevr gross or grotesque u thot twas.. very unique n a diff kinda psycho thriller/horror. SAW2 worth watchin as well…

    Comment by Dino — February 16, 2006 @ 8:06 am | Reply

  11. gross/grotesque i hate them.. thanx 4 forewarning me.. i wont watch it..

    Comment by Hell's Angel — February 16, 2006 @ 1:18 pm | Reply

  12. I’ve seen this movie and nearly puked.. don’t really understand what sort of a person such a movie would pander to!

    Comment by Demonic Dude — February 16, 2006 @ 3:55 pm | Reply

  13. @ Rebel:
    Dnt smirk too much, someday I’ll get back to u!

    @ KK:
    Hmmm … must watch SAW-2 as well, but nothing can beat the divine comedy of evil dead and how i laughed watching that movie!

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — February 17, 2006 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  14. @ Rohini:
    Life is short agreed, but it’s never too late to learn from your mistakes!

    @ Kuttichuvaru:
    Ellam andha REbel oda influence thaan … i wrote it to take revenge on him and pray that some1 or the other spoils ‘SAW’ for him!

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — February 17, 2006 @ 10:59 am | Reply

  15. @ Mighty Titan:
    Hey I dnt recall the maniac divulging the reason for letting them out … and cant [actually wont] watch the movie again , had to return the DVD 🙂

    @ Archie:
    Probably u dnt like horror and grotesque … i appreciate horror, not the latter!

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — February 17, 2006 @ 11:02 am | Reply

  16. @ Optimist:
    Et tu? ethana per da kelambirkeenga?? thnk god u trailed off with that sentence. will try to watch SAW-2.

    @ Nikhil:
    Good 4 u , bet ya enjoyed it!

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — February 17, 2006 @ 11:04 am | Reply

  17. @ Abhishek:
    me not back officially yet.. and ‘anonymous’ … my comeback post will be on music only 😀

    @ Dino:
    since u have mirrored the sentiments of many … kindly scroll up and read my replies to those .. 😛

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — February 17, 2006 @ 3:32 pm | Reply

  18. @ Hell’s Angel:
    hey dudette , idukke ipdi naa nee evil dead paakanum ..serii comedy ..chance-e illai 😛

    @ Demonic Dude:
    welcome 2 ma blog 🙂
    and ya i totally agree wit ya..

    Comment by Trinity Teal™ — February 17, 2006 @ 3:38 pm | Reply

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